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Repeal the Medical Device Tax

Repeal the Medical Device Tax

Encourage Medical Innovation, Save Lives, and Fuel the U.S. Economy This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) Investing in medical innovation is essential to ensuring the health and prosperity of our nation and affords the opportunity to export American ingenuity. Unfortunately, manufacturers’ ability to make such investments was threatened by a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that placed a 2.3 percent Read more [...]
The MRI That Saved My Life

The MRI That Saved My Life

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Josh Perry, Pro BMX Rider It is said—mostly to scare young riders into taking appropriate safety precautions—that the likelihood that a motorcycle rider will have an accident is 100 percent. In my career as a professional bicycle motocross (BMX) bike rider, I can tell you that not only is there a 100 percent chance you will fall sometimes, but there is almost a 100 percent chance that you will fall Read more [...]
Plan to Safeguard Imaging Facilities

Plan to Safeguard Imaging Facilities

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Ruth Tesar, CEO, Optimal Tracers and Northern California PET Imaging Center It seems we hear about natural disasters in the United States on an almost daily basis: fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., sometimes more than one at a time. Loss of power and utilities often accompanies the disaster, increasing the damage. So how can imaging facilities prepare? First, and most important, Read more [...]
Advancing Medical Imaging

Advancing Medical Imaging

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Cheryl Kreider Carey, Director, Operations and Administration, MITA What’s the big idea? At the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), improving business for 55 members in the medical imaging ecosystem is big. As one of MITA’s 10 staff members, I am fortunate to work alongside MITA’s members on the technical front and run MITA’s internal operations. Precipitated by this age of digital Read more [...]
MITA Smart Dose Standard Enhances Patient Care

MITA Smart Dose Standard Enhances Patient Care

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Megan A. Hayes, Director, Regulatory and Standards Strategy, MITA The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, published NEMA XR 31-2016 Standard Attributes on X-ray Equipment for Interventional Procedures in May 2016. This new standard, which pertains to MITA Smart Dose Interventional technology, offers healthcare providers a reference  for identifying key features that contribute Read more [...]
Medical Imaging to Control Costs, Improve Quality, Achieve Superior Patient Outcomes

Medical Imaging to Control Costs, Improve Quality, Achieve Superior Patient Outcomes

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Ernesto A. Cerdena, PHDc, RT, CRA, FAHRA, Director of Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Services, Waterbury Hospital In the era of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sustainable and thriving healthcare operations are paramount. Effective healthcare operations require diagnostic medical imaging to play a major role in controlling cost, improving quality, and achieving superior patient outcomes. From Read more [...]
Get the Picture? Proper Servicing of Imaging Equipment Ensures Accurate and Safe Diagnoses

Get the Picture? Proper Servicing of Imaging Equipment Ensures Accurate and Safe Diagnoses

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Jim Nestel, Manager Service Projects and Installations, Hitachi Medical Systems Over the past century, the miracle of medical imaging has allowed for previously impossible insights into the structure and function of the human body. Rapid advances in science and technology have given us some of the most complex medical devices ever invented. Computed tomography (CT) imaging uses radiation Read more [...]
Smart Healthcare Employs Enterprise Imaging to Enable Ubiquitous Access

Smart Healthcare Employs Enterprise Imaging to Enable Ubiquitous Access

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Henri “Rik” Primo, Chair, MITA Medical Imaging Informatics Section Ever since the x-ray was first used for medical imaging in 1896, image sharing has been intrinsic to the practice of medicine. In the early days, viewing the film on a light box for diagnostic purposes was the task of the radiologist, but sharing the film and the diagnostic report was essential to discussing Read more [...]
Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment: Sustainable, Safe, and Effective

Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment: Sustainable, Safe, and Effective

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA The Medical Imaging Technology Association (MITA) promotion of good refurbishment practices for medical imaging equipment stresses the benefits for patients and healthcare providers. This is for good reason: a large, regional hospital focused on neurology or cancer treatment may opt to purchase the latest magnetic resonance imaging Read more [...]
NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA President Obama’s final State of the Union address set the tone for his last year in office and set forth his vision for policies in America. The full transcript of the address can be found here. NEMA’s summary of key points in the address that affect electrical equipment and medical imaging technology manufacturers is provided below. International Trade Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama touted the completion Read more [...]